The 3 Best Dunks From Last Night’s Rising Stars Challenge

MVP Kyrie Irving and Team Chuck beat Ricky Rubio, Blake Griffin and Team Shaq 146-133 in last night’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

When you consider that the Rising Stars game is eight minutes shorter than a regulation NBA game, you get idea of what kind of defense the league’s rookies and sophomores were playing yesterday evening.

The good news is that no defense means great dunks. Here are the three best from last night’s game.

While Craig Sager was interviewing Jeremy Lin, the Pacers’ Paul George gave us a preview of tonight’s Slam Dunk Contest with the elbow dunk that Vince Carter invented in 2000 and Blake Griffin paid homage to in 2011:

While Team Shaq trailed for the entire game, the Rubio-Griffin combo gave us the highlight of the night. Rubio’s 80-foot pass set up Griffin’s off-the-glass dunk:

By the game’s final minute, the NBA’s Rising Stars weren’t even pretending to play defense, allowing John Wall to do this behind-the-back dunk unimpeded:


Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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